Learning without disruption

There is always more to learn, even if you have worked in the casting metals industry for over 20 years. Just ask David Hall, who study the Master’s programme in Materials and Manufacturing. – I believe it would have been very difficult to find a more flexible method of learning.

The desire to learn more about the industry on a deeper technical level has always been present for David Hall. Materials and Manufacturing at Jönköping University offered the opportunity to add more knowledge to his long work experience.
– Castings are becoming increasingly complex, particularly in the automotive sector due to lower emissions requirements and the introduction of electric vehicles. I feel therefore that the area of casting design is perhaps the most interesting and it was covered very well as part of the component casting module, using the latest simulation software.

David works as a Cast Metals Engineer supporting Magmasoft casting simulation software within the United Kingdom. He describes the use of web-based meetings and online learning materials as very convenient for a full time employee.
– The Master’s programme is very flexible with little disruption to my normal working day. So in my case I study before and after the working day or during the weekend. I believe it would have been very difficult to find a more flexible method of learning that fits around full time employment.

The collaborative nature of the course and the opportunity to career development are two other important elements according to David.
– The University actively encourages networking during the course by the use of group project work and online discussion forums. This inspires networking between the students. My goal after completing the Master’s program is to continue my professional development with UK Engineering Council by applying for Chartered Engineer status. I believe the completion of this course will make this goal far more attainable.

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